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Taking Success Full-Time

August 12, 2013 2:59 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As the rise in temporary workers continues to affect our industry, it’s important that plant managers have a strategy for managing this new crop of personnel. Many plant-wide initiatives, like a strong safety culture, for example, are grassroots efforts that come from the ground up. They succeed through repetition and camaraderie; through consistent training and knowledge of and respect for the equipment in use.


Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In June

August 12, 2013 2:13 pm | by AMT | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $426.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 5.8 percent from May and down 5.7 percent when compared with the total of $452.75 million reported for June 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,538.55 million, 2013 is down 5.7 percent compared with 2012.


Vehicle-Charging Company Warns About Prospects

August 12, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ecotality Inc., which makes charging systems for electric vehicles, said Monday that it could be forced into a sale or bankruptcy filing "in the very near future" after disappointing sales and suspension of payments from the federal government. The company said that it hired a restructuring adviser to evaluate options including new financing or a possible sale.


Inventor Musk To Share Plans For High-Speed Travel

August 12, 2013 2:06 pm | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday. Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events.


Lincoln Brand Introducing Dealers To Luxury Buyers

August 12, 2013 2:01 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

 How to sell a Lincoln in 2013: Make the dealership smell like luxury. And lay out some wine and cheese. After decades of selling hulking Town Cars to retirees, Ford Motor Co. wants the Lincoln brand to appeal to younger, more discerning buyers. Lincoln unveiled the sleek MKZ sedan this spring, and six more models will follow. It purged underperforming dealerships and is prodding the rest to make expensive updates.


10 Years After Blackout, U.S. Grid Faces New Threats

August 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Kantele Franko, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced. Many worry the grid isn't fully prepared for the new and emerging challenges.


Honda Supplier Plans New Plant In Pell City

August 12, 2013 1:56 pm | by Honda, supplier, reusable, containers, Alabama, Pell, City, AL, build, plant, Trinity Design Group | News | Comments

A company that provides reusable containers for parts at Honda's factory in Alabama says it has plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Pell City. reported Friday that Trinity Design Group LLC's nearly $1 million facility will initially employ 35 people with plans to increase to more than 70. The company focuses on sustainable packaging and the new facility will cover 32,000 square feet.


Small Cars Perform Poorly In Crash Tests

August 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by auto, safety, IIHS, Highway Safety, crash test, Nissan, Kia, Honda, rating, subcompact, small, cars | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.


Super Smart Ball Bushing® Bearings,

August 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Thomson | Product Releases | Comments

This advanced bearing technology provides up to six times the load capacity or 216 times the travel life of conventional linear bearings, according to the company.

MP3 Annunciator, Alarm Horn,

August 12, 2013 12:57 pm | by Patlite | Product Releases | Comments

The EHV/EHS features a new synthesized function producing a louder sound typically needed for in-factory assembly line environments.

Bar Feeder Alignment System,

August 12, 2013 12:54 pm | by Laser Tools Co., Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new Bar Feeder Alignment System features an instantaneous set-up using a self-centering laser tool, accommodates bores as small as ¾” diameter, and is AAA battery operated, says the company.

Extended Life Compressor Lubricant,

August 12, 2013 12:51 pm | by Ingersoll Rand | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra EL is a high-performance lubricant blend that provides advanced cooling technologies that allow air compressors to run cooler and more efficiently, even in high ambient temperature environments, says the company.

Cordless 2-Speed Grease Gun,

August 12, 2013 12:49 pm | by Milwaukee Tool Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new Grease Gun delivers up to 10,000 PSI operating pressure and features a new pre-set grease counter to dispense exact amounts of grease.

KMT Cold Saws,

August 12, 2013 12:47 pm | by KMT Saw | Product Releases | Comments

The C316 & C370 Series cold saws are heavy-duty mitering machines with a vertical column design that provides extremely stable saw frame guidance, stability, and vibration-free sawing, says the company.

TAZ 3D Printing

August 12, 2013 12:44 pm | by Aleph Objects, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TAZ offers the largest print volume in its class along with exceptional print resolution, quality, and accuracy, according to the company.

Energy Charting & Metrics,

August 12, 2013 12:40 pm | by Onset IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The three-session, online training package will feature Energy Charting and Metrics software, a free Microsoft Excel®-based tool that streamlines the analysis of energy use information from buildings.

ProNumeric Hand-Held Device

August 12, 2013 12:33 pm | by Schleicher Electronic | Product Releases | Comments

This is the first time that a machine can be controlled with smart-phone convenience, according to the company. 


August 12, 2013 12:31 pm | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The main feature of the new MultiLED is a very broad blue color range with a wavelength of 447 to 476 nanometers and high brightness.

Oxy-Fuel Cutting,

August 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Miller Electric Mfg. Co. | Product Releases | Comments

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced that it has consolidated the Smith Equipment oxy-fuel cutting equipment product line under the Miller brand.

Heavy-Duty ‘R’ Cabinet,

August 12, 2013 12:27 pm | by Rousseau IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Using dividers, plastic bins, and foam can help users quickly and easily identify items. Add some shelving and mini-racking to store medium and large parts


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